Past Meets the Present
Air Show fans will witness a rare commemorative Heritage Flight when the F-16 Fighting Falcon and WWII P-51 Mustang “Bald Eagle” join in the skies over Cleveland.
The legendary P-51 Mustang dominated the skies over Western Europe after it was introduced in World War II. The single-seat aircraft had a maximum speed of 437 miles per hour and could escort heavy bombers deep into the heart of Germany. The P-51 and the pilots that flew them were crucial to turning the tide of war in the Allies’ favor.
The Air Force Heritage Flight program presents the evolution of the U.S. Air Force’s air power by flying today’s state-of-the-art fighters in close formation with vintage fighter aircraft. The formation serves as a living memorial to the men and women who have served—or are currently serving—in the U.S. Air Force while supporting U.S. Air Force recruiting and retention efforts.
Jim Beasley, Jr., founding member of the Heritage Flight Program, will fly the P-51 Mustang. Jim has been flying historic fighter aircraft for over 20 years and named the “2006 Civilian Heritage Flight Pilot of the Year”. For more information on the Heritage Flight Program, click here.